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Red_Peafowl
Casual scribe

originally posted on 16-02-2022 9:20 AM

 Mental health is most important part in your life. You should take care of it. If you want to improve your mental health you should go for life coaching. Last year when i was in depression and this is the main reason of my mental health someone suggest me for life coaching to feel free from depression and improve mental health as well. Life coach helps you to feel free from depression and improve 1 your mental stability. He should deal with your mental health and improve this.

Bre-RO
Community Manager

originally posted on 30-09-2021 9:28 PM

Before I sign off for the evening here are some resources for those of you who are doing it tough at the moment. You're not alone and we are here to listen 👭

 

If you are experiencing financial stress crisis support available: 

 

  • Find emergency relief services that can help with food, bills and financial advocacy here.
  • Contact a social worker on the Centrelink Employment Services Line — Call 132 850 or visit a Services Australia customer service centre.
  • The unemployed workers union provides information on your welfare rights here.
  • The national debt helpline can assist you to negotiate payment plans with service providers and link you in with more support here
  • HeadsUp and Beyond Blue have put together this resource called "taking care of yourself after losing work."

If talking about work stress has made you feel distressed we encourage you to tell someone you trust or talk to a counsellor: 

 

Lifeline: 13 11 13

Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800

 

Bre-RO
Community Manager

originally posted on 30-09-2021 9:06 PM

@KaiRoe thank you so much for your time tonight! It has been so good to have you with us once again to chat about your experience. I know lots of young people are wrestling with work stress at the moment so thank you for being so willing to support our community! 

 

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KaiRoe
Special Guest Contributor

originally posted on 30-09-2021 9:07 PM

Thankyou all so much for having me! I really enjoyed tonights discussion! I hope you all have a relaxing evening

originally posted on 30-09-2021 9:11 PM

Thank you so much for speaking tonight @KaiRoe🙂 I've found hearing about your experiences and advice really helpful and I'm sure others will too ❤️

 

Thanks @Bre-RO for all the useful links and advice too! 🙂

 

And thanks @WheresMySquishy for sharing your experience and being so supportive as usual 🙂

originally posted on 05-10-2021 3:01 PM

Just had to jump in @KaiRoe  and @Bre-RO and say how much I loved reading through this chat- I think I reacted to pretty much every post haha

 

There's some absolute gold in here, and this is such a great read for anyone- but especially anyone  who's currently in the trenches job hunting, getting ready to graduate, or working in a job that they're not loving... I love all of the practical advice in here too about other places you can go to find out about your rights at work/ awards/ tax- navigating the workplace can be so hard when you're starting out, and don't have anywhere to ask those questions

 

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@KaiRoe I especially love your advice about how to know when it may be time to move on from a job you're miserable in- I also worked night shifts while I was at uni, and at one point I was going to sleep at 3am then trying to get through classes the next day- it was brutal, and I'm so glad I don't have to do that any more! 

 

I also really liked what you wrote about working in the disability sector and helping clients to achieve the goals that are important for them- I also worked in the disablity sector for many years, and found it such person centred and rewarding work - it sounds like people you work with, and the disablity sector in general,  is really lucky to have you! 😀

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originally posted on 30-09-2021 9:12 PM

My pleasure! 😇

Bre-RO
Community Manager

originally posted on 30-09-2021 9:10 PM

Oh I'm so glad @KaiRoe I did too!                 

 

However you spend the rest of your evening please enjoy it! 

 

 

originally posted on 30-09-2021 9:09 PM

Thanks so much for answering our questions @KaiRoe! All the best with your job!

originally posted on 30-09-2021 9:11 PM

Thanks for joining us @WheresMySquishy hope you have a lovely eve!

Bre-RO
Community Manager

originally posted on 30-09-2021 8:58 PM

I think we covered a lot tonight!

 

Work stress is a big topic though, so if you think you need to chat about it more try headspaces work and money support service here. 

 

A big thank you to the community members who sent questions about things like taxes, award rates, workplace rights and contracts. These questions are best answered by the experts in the field who have put together easy to navigate information. Here is a list of places to get all your work-related questions answered: 

 

  • Head over to MoneySmart - they explain contracts, taxes, super, pay here
  • For those of you who asked Safe work provides up to date information on all your employee rights. You have a right to be treated fairly at work. Behaviour such as bullying is unacceptable, read more about anti-bullying here. 
  • Read more about your rights at work here. If you experience bullying you should consider speaking to Fair Work, read about the bullying complaints process here

 

@KaiRoe do you have any tips for wrapping your head around taxes/super/rights etc? 

 

 

KaiRoe
Special Guest Contributor

originally posted on 30-09-2021 9:01 PM

I found out alot by looking at the fair work website as well as the ATO website, I still find taxes confusing and still am shocked every year when it comes time to fill in my tax return. But yeah, my main advice for this is to check out both the ATO and fairwork websites as they have a bunch of valuable infomation on this

originally posted on 30-09-2021 9:12 PM

I also find taxes confusing. Our family accountant was able to help me with my tax return though.

Bre-RO
Community Manager

originally posted on 30-09-2021 8:47 PM

Work can be stressful but sometimes it can give us a huge sense of achievement and pride. 

 

@KaiRoecan you tell us something about your work life that makes you proud? 

KaiRoe
Special Guest Contributor

originally posted on 30-09-2021 8:49 PM

Im super proud of the work that I do now, i had no expereince in the disabilty sector when I was hired but im super proud of myself for learning quickly and doing my absolute best to help my clients live fulfilling lives whatever that means for them 

Bre-RO
Community Manager

originally posted on 30-09-2021 9:00 PM

It must have been a wonderful feeling to step into that role and learn so much. On the other side of work stress is work satisfaction! 

Bre-RO
Community Manager

originally posted on 30-09-2021 8:40 PM

We are approaching the end of our chat tonight and only have a few more questions. I like this question - as hard as it is being unemployed there are times that call for a big change. @KaiRoe@KaiRoe our next question is 

 

What are some signs that a job isn't right for you and how do you know when it's time to quit?

 

KaiRoe
Special Guest Contributor

originally posted on 30-09-2021 8:41 PM

 If you begin to wake up each day for work and immediately consider calling in sick, or even during your shift you begin to think “I should call in sick tomorrow” that's a pretty big sign it's time to move on. If you find that the demands of the job are becoming too much or you're seriously overwhelmed that's another sign. But overall, if you find that your job is something that you absolutely hate and really are not enjoying, it's maybe time to move on. As an example, I worked as a nightfill packer for a supermarket for a little while, and the shifts often finished anywhere between 2 and 3am, I was able to handle it for a while but the day I found myself in a compulsory uni class after just getting off work 5 hours ago i knew it was time to quit that job.

originally posted on 30-09-2021 9:15 PM

I don't think I would have been able to do that job either @KaiRoe. I need a lot of sleep just to function in my current role.

Bre-RO
Community Manager

originally posted on 30-09-2021 8:44 PM

It sounds like you made the right choice @KaiRoe sometimes we have to put our health first. It can be really hard to quit if you don't have another job to go to so it's worth chatting with your trusted friends and family. Having a plan in place before you quit can help in the long run! 

Bre-RO
Community Manager

originally posted on 30-09-2021 8:31 PM

There are times where you face dilemmas regarding rights and responsibilities at work. The best place to get all the facts are official government websites like job access. This page is all about disclosing disability to an employer - definitely worth checking out. What are your thoughts @KaiRoe

 

What do you do if you have a disability/chronic condition and your employer requires that you declare it but it's really personal/embarrassing? Alternatively, what do you do if you need extra support with this but you're too ashamed to ask for help?

originally posted on 30-09-2021 8:33 PM

Ooh I have a question to add to that if that's okay? What do you do if you think you might need support but you don't know what type?

KaiRoe
Special Guest Contributor

originally posted on 30-09-2021 8:37 PM

Hi! I say have a chat with your friends, family and manager, your friends and family know you well and may be helpful in helping you work out what support you may need, and talking to your manager allows them to let you know what support they can offer you in the workplace

originally posted on 30-09-2021 8:43 PM

Thanks @Bre-RO and @KaiRoe❤️